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Roy Cooper
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper told a business lunch in Charlotte Tuesday that the laws and policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans are damaging the state's reputation. Cooper says he'll work with citizens and business leaders to repair it.

Cooper, currently the state’s attorney general, made his pitch for the governor's job at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club at the Palm Restaurant, where McCrory spoke last week.

If you listen to the latest round of gubernatorial campaign ads, you’d either think teacher pay has skyrocketed or plummeted under Governor Pat McCrory. Neither is the case. There's also more to the story of a teacher highlighted in a Roy Cooper ad.   

Cooper's latest ad for governor begins with the display of these words: "August 2016, a true story." There's a modest home with a U-Haul in the driveway. Then, you see a young woman packing up boxes in a kitchen. 

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Governor Pat McCrory’s reelection campaign is out with a provocative new ad.

It’s a testimonial, featuring a survivor of sexual assault speaking in favor of House Bill 2.

But the ad may give the wrong impression of the circumstances surrounding her assault.

It’s not the content but the context of the ad that raises questions.

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There’s not a lot Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper agree on these days. But the gubernatorial campaigns of both men have a common theme: North Carolina’s economy.

Cooper was in Charlotte Wednesday to present his plan to bring high paying jobs to the state.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock and All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey discuss the proposal, and the response from the McCrory campaign.

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The latest fundraising numbers are in for the campaigns of North Carolina’s top two races.

Those races are for governor and U.S. senator. And in both races, the Democratic challengers are outraising the Republican incumbents in the second quarter.

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North Carolina is home to perhaps the closest gubernatorial race in the country. So it’s no surprise that outside groups are buying up airtime to bolster their candidate of choice.

But this is surprising, these outside groups have spent 47 times more on campaign ads than the candidates themselves. That’s according to a report released July 1, which also shows the race for North Carolina’s governor’s mansion is becoming a proxy war.

Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper shake hands
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There seems to be just one thing Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper agree on…they both think North Carolina is the best state. But when it comes to taxes and teacher pay, House Bill 2 and I-77 toll lanes, the two men vying to be North Carolina’s governor clashed in their first election-year debate.

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday said his office won’t defend North Carolina's House Bill 2, the controversial legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Pat McCrory in a single day last week. During a news conference in Raleigh, carried by WRAL-TV, Cooper added that the law is in “direct conflict” with existing non-discrimination policies on hiring in his office and the state treasurer’s office.  


Governor Pat McCrory has been ramping up his re-election campaign over the past week, but it now looks like he’ll face a challenge from within his own party. Former state Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Mooresville) said Wednesday he’ll run against the governor in the March primary for the Republican nomination.

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A federal lawsuit involving a transgender high school student in Virginia is leading to heated political rhetoric in North Carolina.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory is criticizing state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for not getting involved in the case. And North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger put out a statement Tuesday that makes it seem like Cooper is in favor of "forcing middle school-aged boys and girls to use the same locker room."

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